AU Music Begins New Year With Thomas Reed's 31st Faculty Recital

AU Music Begins New Year With Thomas Reed's 31st Faculty Recital

9/28/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Department of Music at Ashland University will hold its first recital of the new academic year with the celebration of Dr. Thomas Reed’s 31st annual faculty recital on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts.

For his 31st consecutive annual recital, Dr. Reed will perform on clarinet and saxophone with fellow musicians Susan Gregg, piano; Scott Garlock, trombone; Jane Reed, violin; Lanny Gooding, piano; Paul Martin, bass; and Steve Berry, drums.

His program will include an eclectic collection from his transcription of Tchaikovsky's “Serenade Melancolique, op. 26” to Leonard Berstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Paquito D'Rivera's “Contradanza.” The program continues with Dr. Reed's arrangement of George Gershwin's “Promenade (Walkin' the Dog),” Golden and Hubbell's “Poor Butterfly, I Have Waited So Long” by Sarah Vaughan, “Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and concludes with Duke Ellington’s “Ring Dem Bells.” 

Reed is professor of music and chair of the department of music at Ashland University where he has taught since 1986 in a number of areas including applied woodwinds, music theory and jazz studies. He is a member of the Akron Symphony and Ashland Symphony, was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and has performed on clarinet or saxophone with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Blossom Festival Band and the Jazz Unit.

He has been soloist with the Akron, Mansfield and Ashland Symphonies and performs on CDs from the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra. His clarinet CD “Mutually Inclusive” was released in 2008 on Capstone Records. He is also a founding member of IRON TOYS, a woodwind quartet that performs original repertoire for saxophones, clarinets and flutes.  He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Akron.

For more information about the music department and a full events schedule, visit the Web site at or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950or

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.  ###

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